Born Chesterfield, Derbyshire. After Cambridge he was an English Teacher and Head of Department in South Yorkshire. Became a full time writer in 1976. He was Young Writers' Tutor at the Royal Court Theatre from 1981-1984. In the 1990s he also tutored a dozen promising young playwrights at the National Theatre Studio, without destroying their careers.

Read some of his biographical jottings and thoughts on the vocation of a writer -